Poyet delighted with Sunderland’s 3-1 win over Stoke City

Gus PoyetGus Poyet, Sunderland manager, believes that his side’s 3-1 win over Stoke City on Saturday will completely get rid of any “doubts” that the Wearsiders had, and many price per head agents now believe that the team’s season in the Premiere League can only get better.

Sunderland were not able to clinch a win in the Premiere League during the weekend, but a brace from Stephen Fletcher was key after Charlie Adam cancelled an early opener by Connor Wickham.

Sunderland’s failure to score saw the team draw on five of their last six meetings, but at the Stadium of Light, their attackers were finally able to connect, and now the team are 11th place in the Premier League.

The manager said: “It’s a good feeling. I’m very pleased for the players.

“We knew inside the camp that we were a difficult team to play against, but without a win there’s always some doubts and some nerves, so I think it was very important for the players to win this game.

“I’m very pleased for Fletcher because I know hard it was for him to be in the situation where a few weeks ago I left him out of the squad.

“He wasn’t happy but he took it professionally and kept working. The previous week when we played Swansea we were able to see something special in him. He was getting back to his best in training and he had a chance to score and this week he was outstanding.”

Price per head agents saw that Fletcher and Wickham’s very good form in the game took away any doubts that the manager had about the players being able to play key roles this season.

“I thought he [Wickham] was very good up front as a striker but to put Fletcher into the shape of the team, I had to ask him to go a little bit wide and he liked it.

“I was surprised he liked it because I would prefer to play him through the middle and the third goal showed you why he likes to play in that position.